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    My moss won't turn green. How long does it take?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (JMurphy97 @ Sep. 03 2006,12:41)]My moss won't turn green. How long does it take?
    Well, some of my VFTs have been in it all summer and so far they're not turning green yet either.

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    The picture of the D. graminifolia was taken ~a year after they were germinated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (jimscott @ Aug. 29 2006,4:26)]From what I have been reading, mostly from xscd's posts, they need well-drained media and not sitting water. The srier conditions encourage root development.
    Thanks Jim--

    I don't want to start an argument, but although VFTs do seem to be able to tolerate soggy conditions for quite some time, they grow well (better, in my opinion) with extensive root development and hardy upper growth when the planting medium is usually just moist instead of saturated. This is true even in semi-arid climates such as where I live in the dry grasslands of eastern New Mexico.

    I do saturate the medium when I water them, but I don't leave them standing in water and I let the medium dry out for the most part before watering them again. Sometimes, however, I will add a little water to the surface (usually using a turkey baster) between the usual thorough waterings, if it seems too dry for the moss that grows on the surface.

    All that said however, I know people also grow them in wetter conditions and seem to be successful. I personally aim for moist, not soggy, never dry.
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    I just thought I'd point out, re: VFT root rot in LFS, that the long-fibered sphagnum is what is probably rotting on you. LFS breaks down very quickly when constantly submerged, particularly when submerged and compacted, and leads to algal growth among other things. VFTs are fine in moist soils, and fine in LFS, but LFS rapidly decaying into pond sludge is another matter.
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